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February 13, 2019

The Census Bureau is trying to figure out how to reach millennials who don't use the mail or answer the phone, and they'd love LeBron James' help.

A Wednesday report from report from Pew explains that the bureau is expecting to have trouble reaching young people in 2020, and they're "aware that young urban renters are less likely than they were in 2010 to communicate by mail, by phone or with strangers at the door." To combat this, the bureau is "developing social media and other internet publicity" so that millennials can take the census online.

Part of the problem, the report explains, is that the bureau used to mail respondents a physical form and then follow up by visiting in person or calling a landline phone. But Pew notes that the majority of people between the age of 25 and 34 don't even have a landline they can be reached at, and many said they don't check their mail.

"Mail? I feel like that's a dead thing," a 36-year-old Washington, D.C. resident told Pew. "And I don't have a lot of people randomly knocking at my front door, so I would be a little weirded out. 'Census Bureau!' It sounds like a joke. It sounds like you just want me to open my door. So I probably wouldn't." Other complications include millennials who have several roommates and don't want to answer "household" questions, and little understanding of why the census matters.

Posting the census online should hopefully help in 2020, and the census' communications chief told Pew that having a celebrity promote them wouldn't hurt, either. He explained, "Somebody like LeBron James could say, 'It's halftime! Pull out your phones, and let's answer the census!" Read more at Pew. Brendan Morrow

January 15, 2019

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) indicated on Tuesday he's seriously considering a run for president in 2020, announcing that he plans on traveling to early-primary states over the next few weeks to meet with voters.

Brown will visit Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina on what he's calling the Dignity of Work Tour. After a stop in Cleveland on Jan. 30, Brown will head to Iowa on Jan. 31, and will visit the other three states in February. "Some national Democrats, they've created this sort of binary choice that you speak to the progressive base or you talk to working class voters of all races," Brown told reporters. "I don't think it's an either or. I think you do both. That's how you win the heartland. That's how we won in Ohio. That's what I hope the narrative is for all the presidential candidates on the Democratic side."

Brown made the announcement just hours after Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) revealed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert she is launching a presidential exploratory committee. Catherine Garcia

July 19, 2018

President Trump's 2020 dreams are getting more vivid every day.

Trump is now envisioning former Vice President Joe Biden on the other side of the ballot, he told CBS News' Jeff Glor on Wednesday. Yet while running against Biden would be "a dream," he's not shying away from any potential Democratic opponent.

Biden is Trump's fantasy opponent, but not because he'd be a challenge. "Look, Joe Biden ran three times," Trump told Glor. "He never got more than 1 percent and President Obama took him out of the garbage heap, and everybody was shocked that he did." Trump is a little off on the numbers there, as Biden only ran for president twice. In both his 1988 and 2008 campaigns, Biden didn't win the Democratic nomination, and he did do pretty dismally in the primaries too.

While Trump is having Biden-filled dreams, he told Glor he'd still like to run against any of the "seven or eight" candidates Democrats are tossing around right now. Biden will decide if he's in that mix by January, the former veep revealed to CNN on Tuesday.

The Trump-Biden feud has gone on for months, even escalating to threats of physical violence in March. Numerous polls have placed Biden on top of the pile of possible Democratic candidates. Kathryn Krawczyk

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